Nearly 10,000 evacuated in Kharkiv region: governor

Assault may only be the first wave of a wider offensive: says Ukrainian President

May 19, 2024
Ukrainian evacuees from the village of Lyptsi wait in a minivan at an evacuation point in Kharkiv on May 11, 2024. — AFP

KYIV, Ukraine: Nearly 10,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region since a ground attack launched by Russian forces on May 10, its governor said Saturday.


The assault may only be the first wave of a wider offensive, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told AFP.

Over a week after its launch, “a total of 9,907 people have been evacuated,” governor Oleg Synegubov said. They were fleeing Russian soldiers who managed to advance between five to 10 kilometres (three to six miles) along the northeastern border before being stopped by Ukrainian forces. Synegubov said Ukraine’s armed forces had repelled two attempts to break through defences overnight.

The situation was “under control” with “defenders in certain areas conducting assault... and combing operations.”